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30 Aug 2018

When it comes to member associations, the AMA is the most ethical of them all.

That’s what the Governance Institute’s Ethics Index 2018 says, which is the same thing it said last year.

For two years in a row, the Ethics Index has rated the AMA as the most ethical membership association in Australia.

“Ethical behaviour in membership associations continues to be mixed,” the Index’s executive summary states.

“The respect seen for the medical sector transfers to the Australian Medical Association, and is seen as the most ethical.”

The ethical score for the AMA is at 72 per cent (a slight increase from last year) and its net score is 62 (same as last year).

The Index is derived from Governance Institute research, which measures Australians’ expectations and perceptions of ethics across a wide range of sectors and industries.

The AMA’s net score placed it well ahead of the next highest ranking associations, Engineers Australia (54 per cent) and the National Farmers’ Federation (49 per cent).

The lowest-ranked association, with a net score of -9, was the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union (CFMMEU).

“It is worth noting that member associations are rated only by those aware of the respective associations,” the Governance Institute report states.

In releasing its Ethics Index in August, the Institute said Australians have a good understanding of ethics and ethical behaviour, with 87 per cent rating it as important or very important to a well-functioning society.

“Ethics and ethical behaviour continue to be very important to society at large and Australia is no exception,” it states.

“Over the last 12 months, media coverages of controversial and ethically charged events has abounded, and debate has continued at an individual or organisational level.”

The Ethics Index is now in its third year, allowing for benchmarks to reveal whether ethical behaviour and expectations have improved or slipped in Australia.

AMA President Dr Tony Bartone, AMA Secretary General Michael Schaper, the AMA Federal Council, and the AMA Board of Directors have all welcomed the Ethics Index’s findings and have praised the efforts of all at the AMA.



Pic: The AMA Federal Council 

Published: 30 Aug 2018